SIX HAIGA BY MARY RODNING, HIROMI INOUE,
SHISEN, CHOSHI and JASMINKA DJORDJEVIC
FEATURING HAIKU BYJERRY BALL

Jerry has been studying haiku since 1975 and is an internationally recognized poet. His contributions to the landscape of the American haiku community—indeed, to the international community—are numerous. A past president of the Haiku Society of America, he was one of the original organizers of Haiku North America and of the Pacific Rim Haiku Conference, as well as the founder of the Southern California Haiku Group, and the editor-in-chief of San Francisco Haiku Anthology. Currently he co-authors a column, the Dojin's Corner, for GEPPO, the magazine of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Club, and is active in Haiku Poets of Northern California. He has published five books of haiku, and in 2008 was a featured reader in the HPNC Two Autumns series.

Now retired from a long career as professor of mathematics as philosophy for the California State University and Community College systems, Jerry continues to be the consummate teacher. I feel deeply fortunate to have come to know him through HPNC and YT, and I'm delighted that he's accepted our invitation to be the guest poet in this issue's Traditional Haiga section.

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Our Traditional Haiga section is the collaborative work of Haigaonline's own team of resident staff artists. Once we have our selection of haiku, Mary paints for them; Hiromi translates them into Japanese; Shisen does the calligraphy, and Choshi composes and records an original music setting for bamboo flute. Finally, Jasminka adds the finishing touches by merging each haiku with its image and calligraphy. We hope you enjoy these haiga we've created with Jerry's haiku.

NOTE: We're having a little delay in putting Choshi's music to the haiga. Rather than hold the feature, we're going ahead without it and will post an announcement when we can get these pages updated.